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Samuel Johnson to head the International Airport project in Dominica

UWI graduate Samuel Johnson has been appointed as the CEO of International Airport Development Company, effective March 1, 2021. He also holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Engineering from The UWI and an MBA from Michigan State University and is skilled in supply chain management and marketing.

Samuel Johnson has over 25-years of experience in senior management, and he has held leadership roles in Dominica and several fortune 500 companies globally.

UWI alumnus, Gilroy Pultie now Chief Engineer of LUCELEC

The St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has appointed Gilroy Pultie to the position of Chief Engineer.  

He holds a BSc. Degree in Electrical and Computer engineering from The UWI (with distinction).

Edited from Source: https://www.thevoiceslu.com/2021/01/gilroy-pultie-appointed-lucelec-chief-engineer/

Barbadian Rodney Taylor appointed CTU secretary-general

Barbadian technology expert Rodney Taylor has been appointed Secretary-General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU). He is the first Barbadian national substantively appointed to head the CTU in its 32-year history.

He holds a Masters in Management and Information Systems from the University of Manchester, UK and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management from The UWI.  

The Hon. P.J. Patterson wins award for memoirs

The book “My Political Journey,” authored by Jamaica’s sixth Prime Minister, the Hon. P. J. Patterson, shares the knowledge that he gained during his time in office. It was published by the University of the West Indies Press and they proudly announced that Patterson’s book won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the memoir category for 2020!

Morris, Baugh win Bocas Henry Swanzy Award

The 2021 recipients of the Bocas Henry Swanzy Award are Jamaicans Edward Baugh and Mervyn Morris – both Professors Emeriti of The UWI.

Baugh and Morris are widely considered pioneers of the study of West Indian literature, over careers that each span half a century. They are to be honoured by the Bocas Lit Fest with the annual Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters.

About The UWI Council Meetings

The University’s Council Meetings are the regional, public University’s annual business meetings, during which accountability of operations, finances and all activities undertaken during the academic year are presented to the Councils

The Report of the UWI Chancellor’s Commission on Governance

As the last review of governance was undertaken in 2004, and much has changed in all aspects of Caribbean life, and in our political economy and educational landscape, UWI Chancellor Robert Bermudez commissioned a comprehensive review of all aspects of governance to ensure that The UWI overcomes its current challenges and is well prepared for a future that is even more challenging and unpredictable.

Alison Stone Roofe

UWI Alumna Alison Stone Roofe is Jamaica’s new permanent representative to the International Seabed Authority (ISA). She presented her credentials to ISA Secretary General Michael W Lodge during a ceremony held at ISA Secretariat in Kingston.

She holds a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from University of Oxford, England, and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from The UWI.

UWI alumnus Akua Leith envisions steelpan ecosystem

A new steelpan manufacturing company will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2021. Musical Instruments of Trinidad and Tobago (MITTCO) is the brainchild of Akua Leith, UWI graduate and the Artistic Director and Conductor of the NationalSteel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Arts from The UWI. MITTCO will produce a full range of high-quality steelpans to supply growing demand both locally and internationally.

2021 Scotiabank Scholarship Presentation

Join us on TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2021, 2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. for the live ceremony.

Tribute to Dr. Keith Archibald

“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again” (Maya Angelou). Dr. Keith Archibald was indeed a great soul. His journey with The University of the West Indies spanned several decades and included inter alia the titles of Lecturer, Warden, alumnus, colleague and friend.

UWI Mona helps the UCI

The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, last Thursday, hosted the Tree Planting Ceremony of The United Congregation of Israelites (UCI), where they planted six trees in memory of the 6 million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust during World War II.

The tree planting ceremony was led by Ainsley Henriques, past president of The United Congregation of Israelites, Honorary Consul of Israel in Jamaica and Vice President of the Commonwealth Jewish Council.

Plan on attending the virtual AFUWI Gala!

The honorees are listed below - all are amazing individuals who have positively and significantly impacted their communities and countries and I am sure that you will want to be a part of the fabulous virtual celebration that the AFUWI is hosting. The Barbadian Prime Minister Hon. Mia Mottley and Cedella Marley, OD, CEO of TUFF Gong International, are among seven distinguished recipients.

Classes of 1970 and 1971 – 50th Anniversary Reunion

As mentioned in the last issue, Covid-19 prevented the Class of 70 celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2020 –so in 2021, the IAD will be hosting a virtual celebration for the combined Classes of 70 and 71 so that those graduates can still reconnect and celebrate this milestone!

The date is June 9, 2021 – so please put that in your diaries and plan to enjoy an evening of memories and reminiscences!

Kindly register at the link below by March 31, 2021 to be included in the virtual Roll Call and Magazine and to register for the online social, class gift and more!

Shanan Smart appointed GM at iCreate

Creative training institute iCreate Limited’s new General Manager is Shanan Smart, who has been with them for two year and has guided it through the coronavirus pandemic. She holda a BSc. degree in Environmental Biology from The UWI – Mona. In her new role, she will further grow the institute and build-out  several partnerships, with for example the HEART/NSTA, the Digital Marketing Institute and Code Fellows.

She is currently enrolled in the UK-based Digital Marketing Institute Sales Academy where she is pursuing a globally accredited certification in digital and social selling.

UWI alumna, Professor Curdella Forbes, awarded the prestigious 2020 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation has awarded UWI alumna and Professor at Howard University, Curdella Forbes, the 2020 Legacy Award in the Fiction Category for her book, A Tall History of Sugar (Akashic Books)

A Tall History of Sugar highlights the story of Moshe Fisher, a man who was “born without skin,” so that no one is able to tell what race he belongs to; and Arrienne Christie, his quixotic soul mate who makes it her duty in life to protect Moshe from the social and emotional consequences of his strange appearance.

Successful 2021 Virtual Alumni Retreat

UWIAA Presidents and Contacts, as well as Executive members met with the Director of Alumni Relations and the Campus Alumni Officers on Feb 6, 2021 to discuss the successes and challenges of the past year and look towards increasing engagement in the coming year. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a pivot to the virtual world in order to provide alumni relations programming. Myriad resources and methods were used to successfully engage graduates in line with The UWI’s Triple “A” goals of Access, Alignment and Agility.

The Agenda follows for your information:

UWI STAT Open Campus Footprints Campaign

The UWI Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) Open Campus Corps’ Footprints Day activity in Dominica was successful and an Open Campus student received much needed financial assistance to help as he pursues his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education (Mathematics) in the Faculty of Humanities and Education.

New agriculture chief appointed in Barbados

The first female and youngest ever Chief Agricultural Officer, Ms. Keeley Holder, was appointed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Barbados on February 1, 2021. She holds a BSc. in Biology and Computer Science from The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Crop Production and Water Management from Galilee College, Israel.

Vareen Vanterpool-Nibbs now Registrar of the High Court- British Virgin Islands

Effective February 15, 2021, UWI Cave Hill alumna and experienced legal professional Mrs. Vareen Vanterpool-Nibbs will be the Registrar of the High Court. She will be responsible for ensuring that the court’s administration operates in an efficient and effective manner and in keeping with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s procedures and rules.

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